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LTC Stephen F.
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Thanks SGT John " Mac " McConnell for reminding us that on September 16, 1920 a dynamite loaded horse drawn cart exploded on the corner of Wall and Broad Street in downtown Manhattan, just outside the banking firm. J.P. Morgan & Co.
Most likely the Soviet Bolsheviks were responsible since we had US forces in Russia from 1918 to 1920. We had been fighting on their soil for a couple years and hardened revolutionaries were skilled at diverting suspicion from themselves. There were many communists sympathizers in the USA at that time who could shield the perpetrators.
Anarchists like Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were already charged for murder after al weeks earlier.
Skilled revolutionaries as the Red Russian were they wouldn't let a crisis go to waste and blaming the anarchists for a pro-Marxist activity like blowing up an explosive cart in front of a capitalist bourgeois bank of the stature of J.P. Morgan & Co. was probably too good an opportunity to pass up.
Expect Leon Trostky or Josef Stalin to be involved discretely.
"In January 1918, the Red Army was founded, building on the less organised Red Guard militias. It was tasked both with defending the Soviet state militarily against internal and external enemies, and, it was hoped, to support the revolutionaries of the rest of Europe.
In addition, the notorious Cheka was founded at the end of 1917 as a small security force tasked with combating counter-revolution and sabotage, and grew over the course of 1918 into a feared apparatus of repression. Certain nationalist anti-Bolshevik propaganda presented the Cheka as a tool of Jews utilising Chinese death squads against patriotic ethnic Russians, stoking racial violence, as shown in this famous anti-Semitic caricature of Trotsky.
Red and White Terror grew as deliberate policy from above interacted with collective action from below, while class conflict was exasperated by local factors such as food scarcity, rivalry between ethnicities, nations and regions, and opportunistic banditry.
There was also much violence perpetrated by other groups than the Reds or Whites amid this chaos. This included the loose and localised groups known as the Green armies chiefly associated with the peasantry, the different national armies of the former Tsarist Empire, the anarchist Black army led by Nestor Makhno in Ukraine, and international intervention forces.

How did the violence of the Russian civil war shape the Soviet state?
The Soviet state developed by the Bolsheviks and consolidated in the early 1920s was clearly shaped by the brutalising experiences of the First World War and the civil war.
Throughout the civil war, the Bolshevik state firmly asserted its right to the monopoly of violence in the territory it controlled, attempting to create order out of the economic dislocation, shortages and desperate anarchy of the situation. This propaganda poster from the early 1920s celebrates the firm actions of the Bolsheviks as ‘sweeping the criminals out of the Soviet land’.
During the consolidation of the Soviet state in the final period of the civil war, any resistance was harshly punished. This included the violent suppression of an anti-Bolshevik uprising in Kronstadt in 1921, led by revolutionaries who wanted ‘Soviets without Communists’.

Peasant revolts against the Bolsheviks were ruthlessly dealt with, such as in the Tambov rebellion of 1920–21, when the use of concentration camps and poison gas led to hundreds of thousands of peasants being killed.

Under the pressure of these uprisings and disasters, the Bolshevik leaders soon changed their approach, and criticised their own excesses during the period they now defined as ‘war communism’. As threats to Bolshevik control diminished, they shifted away from these emergency measures without relinquishing their party dictatorship or the system of repression they had developed.

The civil war period produced the state apparatus which Joseph Stalin would later use to accomplish his campaigns of brutality, which killed many millions in the effort to rapidly create a modern industrial nation out of a backward agricultural society."
https://www.bl.uk/russian-revolution/articles/violence-and-terror-in-the-russian-revolution

That is my story and I am sticking with it :-)
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SP5 Mark Kuzinski
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Great history lesson - thanks John.
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My pleasure SP5 Mark Kuzinski . Good morning..
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Maj William W. 'Bill' Price
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Definitely taught me something this AM, SGT John " Mac " McConnell. Our Antifa friends have been with us longer than I was aware of.
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